Labrador Institute Advisory Board
The Labrador Institute has a volunteer advisory board, known as the Labrador Institute Advisory Board (LIAB). It is comprised of representatives from various aboriginal, community groups, and geographic zones.
Currently, the board has 8 members:
Lucy Brennan was born and raised in Marystown, NL. She began working for the Labrador Inuit Association in 1986 as the Executive Director. In 1987 she moved into the position of Education Administrator to take over the administration of the first directed funded program for Labrador Inuit.
She currently represents the Nunatsiavut Government on a number of committees; the Staff Education Committee; the Inuit Nursing Access and Collaborative Nursing Program Advisory Committee; the Labrador Social Work Steering Committee; the BSW through the McGill University Steering Committee; the Education Degree Program Steering Committee, the Memorial University Aboriginal Task Force and a member of the Labrador Institute Advisory Board.
Her current position as Program Director with the Nunatsiavut Government has her overseeing the administration and benefits of the Post Seconday Student Support Program with approximately 200 students represented.
Richard Sawyer has a BA, MA and PhD in modern English literature from the University of Toronto. He has taught in colleges and universities in Toronto, Saskatoon, China, Labrador City and Qatar.
He has been with the Labrador West Campus of the College of the North Atlantic since 1990. He served with the first group of instructors sent over to the new Qatar Campus in 2002. Since 2007, he has been the administrator of the Labrador West Campus.
Jamie Snook has ten years of management experience and education in business administration, human resources, leadership, negotiation, dispute resolution and communications. He has consistently volunteered for many non-profit organizations and at the moment that includes the Labrador Institute Advisory Board, Canadian Institute of Management, Trapline Marathon Organizing Committee and the Metis Development Corporation. Concurrent to a busy work schedule, Jamie enjoys the gym, long distance running, reading about and researching Inuit history in south and central Labrador, golf and, most of all, world travel. It is a challenge to balance work, fun and a young family with two additions, Jonah and Jaiden.
Geoff Rayner-Canham is a Professor of Chemistry at Grenfell Campus,Corner Brook. Among his major interests have been the public understanding of science and chemistry outreach to grade schools in remote communities. As part of this effort, he has visited the secondary schools in every community across Labrador (plus schools on the contiguous Quebec coast as far as Harrington Harbour) and, last year, to some schools in Nunavut. Geoff has been the recipient of multiple awards for excellence in teaching and education.